Former Liverpool teammates David James and John Barnes have differing views on what they feel is the best course of action for their old club in the January transfer window.
All eyes are on whether the reigning champions will dip into the market to try and ease their defensive crisis.
Jurgen Klopp has already insisted Liverpool will only loosen the purse strings for the right deal as he seems content with his current options, admitting he was unsure if the club would sign anyone this month.
Now James and Barnes have each offered their two cents on the Reds’ situation, with contrasting verdicts.
“I’m always wary about transfer windows,” James told told Stadium Astro , as he erred on the side of Klopp’s caution. “Every club is the same, pretty much, in regards to finance in this current time.
“If you are going to bring someone in, who are they going to replace and how are they going to replace them? Do Liverpool need a quick fix?
“With Jurgen, their recruitment model has been fantastic up to this point. They have brought players in that they have been needed in a certain place and it fits a structure.
“A kneejerk reaction to improve this season would go against that model.”
Barnes, though, is adamant Liverpool need a new acquisition to bolster their options, even if it is just to tie them over until the summer.
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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“Long-term, Liverpool need better quality in defensive areas. They also need Jordan Henderson playing in midfield,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets , following the captain’s cameo in the back four against Southampton.
“Liverpool need a stop-gap defender – they’re probably not going to get the best centre-back in the world in January as that is not always the best time to buy and the best players are in the Champions League for their clubs.
“The centre-back issue is hurting the midfield by taking away players to play in a defensive role.
“Liverpool are not used to the current midfield playing every week so the front three players are not as fluid as they normally are when they haven’t got the regulars playing behind them.”
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Barnes did concede that it would cost in excess of £60million to land an adequate recruit to regularly partner Virgil van Dijk when the Dutchman returns.
But while he is keen to see even just another solid defender in the squad to free up Liverpool’s midfielders, James feels the answers are already in play at Anfield.
“There is a lot of call for a replacement for Van Dijk, but they have got young players who can do it,” James added.
“It’s whether they can turn round these young players, the likes of [Rhys] Williams and [Nat] Phillips, and get them to be more consistent.
“I don’t think there should be a kneejerk reaction to replace anyone at this moment.”